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Re: Aguaguard bottom paint?
First use last season. I like it better than Hydrocoat.
Application was improved. I got a smoother finish with Aquaguard. It's thinner which helped it flow out.
5 months later at haul out(coast of Maine), the bottom was cleaner than I had experienced with Hydrocoat.
The only downside I found was the color green, I prefer the Hydrocoat, but I'm sold on the Aquaguard for the above reasons and it's cheaper. I bought a gallon and used about 2 3/4 quarts to get a nice smooth single coat on my 38' full keel centerboard hull. I'll find out soon if the remainder from last season is reclaimable with some thinning.
Overall, I'm not too happy with ablative paint build up. I try not to apply anymore than needed to avoid a lot of sanding to keep the bottom smooth. Aquaguard looks like it may also be an improvement in this area as well.
Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
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